React Fundamentals

3,426 Reviews
  • 48 Lessons
  • 287 Minutes
  • Updated 5 months ago

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The modularity of the React ecosystem is extremely powerful for building applications. However, it makes learning React a nightmare when first starting out. To even get a React app up and running, you need the right combination of React, Webpack, and Babel. In this course we'll start from a blank folder and we'll build an application that encompasses everything you need to get started building production ready applications with React (including Routing and Ajax requests). With an average rating of 9.3/10 from 2,945 reviews, this could be the most popular and highest rated way to learn React. Recently updated and compatible with React 16.3.


Experience with the web platform (HTML, CSS, JavaScript) will help, but if you're coming from a different programming language, it isn't required. If you're a complete beginner, this course may be a struggle but you're welcome to try it out.
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What you'll learn

  • NPM

  • JavaScript
    Pure Functions
  • React (v16.3)

    Imperative vs Declarative
    Unidirectional Dataflow
    Virtual DOM
    ES6 Classes
    prop-types package
    functional setState
    Lifecycle Hooks
    Container vs Presentational Components
    Stateless Functional Components
    Synthetic Events
    Private Stateless Functional Components
  • Webpack 4

  • Hosting

    Building for Production

Who is this course for?

  • Mid to Sr level back-end developers who are new to JavaScript but want to learn about React as quickly as possible.
  • Bootcamp graduates who are confident in the fundamentals of JavaScript and want to become more employable by learning React.
  • Angular developers who want to learn about why React is gaining popularity.
  • Developers who are frustrated with the disjointed approach to learning React and want a linear, coherent path.
  • jQuery or Backbone developers who want to learn a more declarative, component based approach to building UIs.
  • Native mobile developers who want to see what all the hype around React is about.
  • Front end developers wanting to modernize their skillset in order to get a raise or apply for another job.
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Course Outline

  • Intro to the React Ecosystem

    Introduction to the React Ecosystem Video
    Introduction to React Quiz
    (Bonus Text) Imperative vs Declarative Programming
  • Setting up your first React component with NPM, Babel, and Webpack

    Intro to Text Sections
    Webpack 4 for React
    First React Component
    Video: Babel, Webpack, and React
    (Bonus Text) React Elements vs React Components
    Quiz: Npm, Babel, and Webpack
  • Dataflow with Props

    Dataflow with Props in React
    Practicing Props
    Solution - Props
    Creating lists in React with .map and .filter
    Practicing .map and .filter
    Solution - .map and .filter
  • Pure Functions. f(d)=v. Props and Nesting React Components.

    Building UIs with Pure Functions and Function Composition in React
    Introduction to PropTypes
    Video: Validating Components with PropTypes
    Quiz: Pure Functions and Props
  • The "this" keyword + Managing and Updating State

    Video: The "this" Keyword Pt1: Intro and Implicit Binding
    Video: The "this" Keyword Pt2: Explicit binding with .call, .apply, and .bind
    Video: The "this" keyword Pt3: The "new" and "window" binding
    Video: Managing and Updating Component State
    Quiz: The "this" keyword
  • Stateless Functional Components

    Stateless Functional Components in React
    Video: Stateless Functional Components
    Private Components in React
    (Bonus Text) Functional Components vs Stateless Functional Components vs Stateless Components
  • Life Cycle Events + Ajax

    React Life Cycle Events
    Video: Making Ajax Requests in React
    Quiz: Lifecycle Events
  • React Router V4

    Intro to React Router V4
    Video: Adding React Router to our Application
  • Forms and Encapsulation in React

    Video: Forms and Encapsulation in React
  • Dynamic Rendering + Query Params

    Video: Dynamic Rendering + Query Params
  • Axios, Promises, and the Github API

    Video: Axios, Promises, and the Github API
  • Composition vs props.children

    props.children in React
    Video: Composition vs props.children
  • Building a Highly Reusable React Component

    Defaulting props with defaultProps
    Video: Building a Highly Reusable Component
    Quiz: Building a Highly Reusable React Component
  • Building for Production + Hosting

    Video: Building for Production + Hosting
    My Favorite Things
    Next Steps

What devs are saying

This is the best way to learn. During the training videos, he answers questions as I think of them! It's like he's reading your mind as you watch and code along.

Tyler's instruction is top notch! I have been struggling with React, and have taken several courses. Tyler's React Fundamentals course blows them all out of the water. It is exceptionally thorough and the information is conveyed very well. I genuinely feel that I have gained so much value from this course

This is without a doubt the best React tutorial that I have seen. In addition to the basics covered by almost all tutorials, it includes important ancillary features like routing, as well as covering real world practices such as the container/presentational component pattern, and using axios for async calls, gives the viewer insight to how React is actually used by developers. Finally, the intro to webpack shows you how to get it all actually up and running with a local dev server. The tutorial was very well organized, excellently explained, and intelligent in the features that it included. offers the most comprehensive React courses on the planet. The React Fundamentals course has helped my React, JavaScript and overall development skills grow quickly and profoundly in just a few days. Still, after completing this course, I continually reiterate over the material and always feel like a better developer because of it. Definitely the best resource out there!

I have spent the past 6 months or so banging my head against my desk trying to level up on my JS/Web App skills and this course was nothing but 'Aha!!' moments. I strongly recommend putting in the time and keep revisiting items you might not understand that Tyler brings up because they will eventually make sense. I can't wait to start kicking work in it's butt!

React Fundamentals was one of the most comprehensive, easy-to-follow courses I found on the internet. I jumped from course to course on React, but this was by far the best I found

If React seems like Michelangelo's David waiting to be carved out of a cube of rock to you, then this course (and I'm sure all the other courses as well) equips you with the knowledge and perseverance required to take on that challenge, and to take on your own Sistine Chapel of a React project sooner rather than later.

This is hands down the best introduction to React on the web. It was 100% worth the money!!

I think that perfection doesn't exist, but this course is close to that! If you wan't to learn ReactJS, this is the right way to start!

This is the best React fundamentals course on any planet. Period.

Tyler takes a rare, but awesome, "I don't assume you know anything" approach to teaching this course. Sometimes, even with a lot of coding experience, taking courses while learning a new language/framework can be frustrating because the authors assume you know some things (like what NPM is or how Webpack and Babel work). Tyler explains those things (very well) without making the viewer seem like an idiot. Incredibly thorough course clearly made with intention and planning. Kudos, Tyler!

By far the most engaging, in-depth and well thought out React course. This is an university-quality undertaking and I sincerely appreciate the time, effort and passion gone into sharing knowledge for the betterment of the dev community.

Tyler's course on React was extremely helpful to me as it was very to the point and at the same time in depth. I'll be back for more courses for sure. He has the best explanation of "this", "apply", "call", and "bind" out there.

I've struggled to understand React for a long time, and this was the first course that gave me the 'aha!' moment, where I not only understood what I was doing, but also why I was doing it. I really recommend this for anyone looking to learn React.

I've tried courses everywhere but only Tyler's made it click for me. I built and deployed my first React App. The use of Webpack and walking through the React environment was fantastic. The quizzes were well timed and the different learning methods were just icing on the cake. Easily the best React course out there.

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